Lady Warriors roll on
The Pocahontas County Lady Warriors added to their winning streak by defeating the Webster County Highlanders on February 2 at PCHS.
The game was tied three times at 2-2, 7-7 and 13-13 in the first quarter, and PCHS's biggest lead was six points at the end of the quarter, and WCHS's was five points, 2-7, early in the quarter.
After the 13-13 tie the Lady Warriors went on a 15-0 run and never looked back. Pocahontas defeated Webster earlier in the season by 15 points at Upper Glade, and have been making lopsided margins of victory a regular occurrence.
Game high scorer, guard Lyndsey Barlow's 17 points, and her relentless defense-seven steals-made the difference in this game.
Junior Chloe Bland (13 rebounds, five steals and four assists) and Junior Miranda McNabb both had 10 points, and Sophomore Olivia Workman and Junior Sara Jonese both had eight points off the bench. Seniors Elizabth Arbogast and Shelby Snead each had two threes for six points each. Junior post Miranda McNabb, who exploded in the last game over #7 Tucker County, was high PCHS scorer in the fourth with eight points.
The 14 point difference in scoring was PCHS's biggest in the fourth quarter, with the bench playing a big role.
Pocahontas is now 13-2 and undefeated in both PVC and Coalfield Conference play.
Webster drops to 5-12 with the loss. Ten players scored for PCHS and all 12 played in the game.
Pocahontas County (Metro News Power Index #4, AP #5 and Coaches #6 Polls) improved to 14-2 with their 12th straight win over much bigger Coalfield Conference foe Fayetteville at PCHS February 4.
Fayetteville dropped to 7-8 and the Lady Pirates had no answer to the Lady Warriors' tenacious full-court press, speed and three-point shooting. Team high-scorer Bland put the game away with 11 of her game-high 15 points in the second quarter. Sophomore Heather Snead hit four threes for 12 points and sister Senior Shelby Snead hit three treys and had 11 points. Barlow was also in double figures with 10 points and 10 assists for a double-double.
Five PCHS girls hit a total of 11 threes in the game. McNabb and Jonese each contributed eight points in the game, while Arbogast scored seven points.
PCHS took the second quarter by a 22-4 advantage. Bland also had five steals, three assists and three blocks. Four girls each hit a three in the third quarter.
Avina Sedlock was high scorer for Fayetteville with 12 points. The Lady Pirates' height did allow Fayetteville to control the boards, so PCHS bombed them with their threes. The ballgame was extremely physical with Bland and McNabb leaving the floor to nurse some injuries, but the Lady Warriors prevailed with the win.
Meadow Bridge, #11 (tie with Buffalo Coaches Poll)scored the first two points of the game over #4 (Metro News Index) Pocahontas County for the 2-0 lead, but the Lady Warriors would go on a 12-0 run and never again trail in the Coalfield Conference matchup of #1 and #2 in the conference.
PCHS would go on to double the Wildcats' point total by the end of the first quarter at 18-9.
Barlow led the first quarter charge with six points and Bland followed with five. The Snead sisters each scored six points in the second, and Bland followed with five points. By the half the score was 37-20. She added 10 points in the third quarter to her game high total of 20 points, nine rebounds, eight steals, six assists and two blocks, as six PCHS players hammered the Wildcats 30-9 in the third to increase the game score to 67-29 by quarter's end.
Shelby Snead scored seven points in the quarter for her game total of 18 points and another four treys to add to her game (9), season (68) and career (192 to date) school records, plus her shared quarter threes record (4).
McNabb added five points in the quarter for nine total game points plus three blocks.
Coach Tim McClung substituted from the bench the entire game. The subs were able to keep the quarter tied at 9-9.
Arbogast came off the bench for her career game of eight points, all in the final two quarters. Barlow finished with eight points and five steals, Heather Snead also finished with six points. Nine PCHS girls scored including two freshmen, Marka Kane and Allison Jonese.
PCHS has now won 13 straight and are 15-2.
Meadow Bridge drops to 9-5.